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Students and post-docs


Ali Wahhod

PhD, Université Grenoble Alpes, 2021–

Ali focuses on the understaning of the shape and dynamics of a cell spreading on a flat substrate, in collaboration with Jonathan Fouchard (LBD, Sorbonne Univ) and Atef Asnacios.


Sara Bouizakarne

PhD student, 2018–

Sara's question is about the mechanical role of the anisotropy of actomyosin. She's co-supervised by Alice Nicolas (LTM) and Grégoire Michaux (IGD Rennes) and will use both in vitro (monolayers in nanofrabricated environments) and in vivo (C. Elegans) systems to investigate this.


Alex Nestor-Bergmann

Independent post-doctoral researcher (Herchel-Smith fellowship), 2015--

Alex is based in Benedicte Sanson's group at the University of Cambridge, and is funded by a Herchel-Smith fellowship that he has obtained for his project.

Together, and in collaboration with Alexander Fletcher, we have designed a novel method to extend the vertex model method towards including explicitly shear between the cortex of each cell sharing a junction. This is applied in particular to neighbour exchanges in the morphogenesis of epithelia.



Haythem Chelly

PhD, Université Grenoble Alpes, 2021

Haythem has been jointly directed by Pierre Recho and Claude Verdier. His topic was the mechanics of cell migration on a complex substrate, see our paper.


Nilankur Dutta

PhD student, funded by Tec21, 2016— 2019

Nilankur was jointly directed by Guy Blanchard and has worked on the subcellular dynamics of pulsatile actomyosin during embryo development.
Read his PhD thesis.

He is now post-doc in ILM Lyon


Julien Fierling

Post-doctoral researcher, 2016–2017

Julien, along with Catherine Quilliet and Philippe Marmottant, has worked on the physical principles of the deformations of the Drosophila embryo during gastrulation.

Numerical methods

Mahamar Dicko

PhD, Université de Grenoble, 2016

During his PhD thesis, jointly directed with Pierre in the applied math laboratory in Grenoble, Mahamar Dicko has developed a numerical method in order to solve flows occuring along curved deformable surfaces of the space.

Preliminary work is described in Mahamar Dicko's poster (in French, poster prize at SMAI conference 2013).

This novel method is implemented as an extension of the rheolef finite element software.

Among the applications, we will focus on the mechanics of Drosophila germ band extension in collaboration with the group of Benedicte Sanson in the University of Cambridge, see our PLOS Computational Biology paper.

Download Mahamar's thesis (in French)


Guido Vitale

Post-doctoral research fellow, ANR Transmig, 2013–2015

Guido Vitale focuses on the mechanical equilibrium of spreading cells and of cells undergoing diapedesis. He is also interested in the inverse problem in traction force microscopy.